How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

How to Make Emergency Preparation for Your Pets

How to Make Emergency Preparation for Your Pets

With Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the fires in California and the storms in Mexico we know that an emergency can occur at any time.   Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or any other kind of disaster, the more prepared you are the better the outcome can be. Although many of us consider our furry and feathered family members to be part of the family, we don’t always make emergency preparations for them. Preparations for pets should not only include food and medications but it is also important to do some emergency training as well. When putting together … Continue reading

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

If you have a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs and people, it can be very stressful. After work, you want to take your dog on a relaxing walk to unwind but you end up more stressed than when you started! This is particularly perplexing for you if your dog is a sweet and loving angel at home with people and dogs that he or she loves. I not only work with these dogs every day, I also have had dogs like this myself. Sometimes these dogs come from shelters or rescues with these behaviors, other times the … Continue reading

Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

There are a few variations in the definition of stubborn but this is the most concise “difficult to move, remove, or cure.”   When a client tells me their dog is “stubborn”, it always leads me into asking MANY more questions. I will ask about the situations, I will ask about past experiences, I will ask them how they respond to the “stubborn” behavior and I will ask about their dog’s body language. When I ask these questions, I want as much detail as possible. Because dogs do not use verbal language (the language that most humans understand), I really … Continue reading

The Evolution of Dog Training

The Evolution of Dog Training

Over the years dog training has evolved just like almost everything else in the world! Although evolution and change can be scary, it is an important part of our lives.   As humans, we are constantly striving for “something better” or to learn more about things. Because we have a desire for “something better,” we have eliminated deadly diseases, we have mini computers in our pockets, we can travel around the world and we live much longer. These changes did not come easy and many people feared the changes. Change can be scary and if we learn that we have … Continue reading

Should Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed With You?

Should Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed With You?

As a trainer, I get this question all the time: “Should I let my dog sleep on my bed (or couch)?” In general, my answer is always – “It is up to you.” However, I also advise that there may be a few situations when you may not want to share your resting space with your dog.   If you have a Great Dane puppy or other large breed puppy, you need to remember that the pint-sized pup will eventually be an enormous adult. Your sleep is important to maintaining a healthy life and you may not be able to … Continue reading

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Some dog training wives’ tales boggle my mind.   Many years ago I worked with George, an elderly man who had cerebral palsy. Because he had very limited use of the left side of his body, he could not hold a leash with his left hand and his left leg dragged behind him when he walked. When I met George, he was struggling to work with his Jack Russell Terrier, Emily. Another trainer told George that he had to walk Emily on his left side. (Some trainers require dogs walk this way because walking on the left is a requirement … Continue reading

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

If you are a parent to human children, you are probably familiar with the term “helicopter parent”. If you do not have human children, you may not be familiar with the term.   “Helicopter parents” are parents that constantly oversee their children. They often are hesitant to leave their children at school, they are involved in everything the children are doing (even when they are at home playing) and they rarely allow their children to do anything without them. Most children with these overly involved parents will either become extremely dependent on their parents to do anything or they rebel … Continue reading

Is a Puppy Right for Your Family?

Puppy? How to Make the Right Decision and Choice for a Puppy!

I am the first to admit that a cute, roly poly puppy is almost impossible to resist! When those cute eyes stare up at you and you are bathed in kisses that have the wonderful aroma of puppy breath, who can say no? Unfortunately, too many people say yes to a puppy with their heart but don’t think about what the decision really involves. Puppies are hard work! They are equal to having a new born baby the first few months you have them. Just like with human babies, some are easy and others are beyond challenging. Because a puppy … Continue reading

What Are the New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet?

Resolutions This New Year for Your Pets!

When we think of New Year’s Resolutions we often think of things we will do for ourselves, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc. This year why not make a New Year’s Resolution to train your dog, cat or other pets. Training your pet provides great mental stimulation and it will improve your bond! When deciding to train your pet, there are many options. We most commonly think of training dogs but all animals can be trained. Group classes are commonly provided for dogs, you could join a Good Manners class, Agility class, Trick class or Nose work class (depending … Continue reading